VITA Technologies E-letter - October 2015

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E-letter October 2015
Future-proofing VME - Flexible tech refresh options keep VME strong for defense systems
By Kontron
VME remains a viable contender for a broad range system upgrade and tech refresh.
Supersized options can slow tech adoption
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
Editorial Director Jerry Gipper observes how innovation can sometimes gain market acceptance faster in economies with fewer choices available than those with an abundance of options.
Come one, come all to improve computing efficiency
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
The Open Compute Project Foundation is working to develop the most efficient server, storage, and data center hardware designs for scalable computing.
VITA Standards Organization activity updates
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
The Raytheon Corporation hosted the July VITA Standards Organization (VSO) meeting in San Pedro, California. This update is based on the results of that meeting. The Cabrillo Marina was full of sailboats preparing for the start of Transpac 2015, a biannual sailing race to Honolulu.
Copper versus optical: The battle begins
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
The debate over copper vs. optical transmission mediums started the minute it was realized that photons could be used to transmit data. Since then, engineers have been trying to develop methods to economically and practically use various optical transmission methods to move computer data at very high rates. Optical fiber cable is widely used, but optical backplane interconnects remain a rarity. What is the status of embedded optical lanes in a backplane? This article examines current efforts in the rivalry between copper and optical backplane interconnects.
FMC steps it up
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
FPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMCs) are solidly established as a key mezzanine and carrier strategy in high-performance embedded computing platforms. Because FMCs are so firmly established, it is critical to the continued success of this technology that it remain relevant by keeping current with evolving performance demands of the computing industry. To this end, the FMC Marketing Alliance members launched an effort to step up the performance of FMCs.
Maturing VITA 46.11 to address VPX-specific needs
By Mark Overgaard, Pigeon Point Systems
VITA 46.11, System Management on VPX, was adopted as a draft standard for trial use (DSTU) in late 2013. Since then, the VITA 46.11 working group has pursued a systematic plan to complete a fully ratified ANSI/VITA 46.11-2015, which was accomplished in June. This article describes that maturation work and highlights some of the key improvements made to the specification.
SECTION: Sister Publication Article
Military Embedded Systems magazine
SWaP: The RF solution that can mean the difference between flying high and being grounded
By Jarrett Liner, Analog Devices
Advances in semiconductor technology and component integration have played a significant role in reducing SWaP.
SECTION: New Products
Artesyn Embedded Technologies
Artesyn Embedded Technologies Launches New COTS Fail-Safe System Designed to be Certified to SIL4 for Train Control and Rail Signaling
Highland Technology
VME PCI Express Crate Controller for aerospace, industrial, and laboratory applications
NEW Product! Hercules® ARINC-Insert Series
Pixus Technologies
Finding the Best Value for OpenVPX
Themis Computer
Themis NanoPAK Small Form Factor Computer
Intel Embedded Innovator
Accelerating the Internet of Things
Eleven standard development systems reduce ttm
Elma Electronic
Elma SureLock Expanding PCB Card Retainers
TEWS Technologies
XMC Module with High-Density RS232/RS422/RS485 Programmable Serial Interface
Innovative Integration
Address servo & control applications with the FMC-Servo
FMC Module w/(8) 16-bit
500 kSPS A/D Channels
(8) 16-bit D/A Channels with onboard PLL
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Annapolis Micro Systems
Dual Twelve Bit 2.3 or 1.5 GSps DAC I/O Card
Alphi Technology Corporation
Rugged, Small, Lightweight, Ethernet, FPGA-Based Multi-Function I/O Controller
New XMC Modules Feature Xilinx® Artix®-7 FPGA
SECTION: Upcoming E-Casts.  An E-cast is a live webcast that may have a single or multiple vendors. E-cast events are used to educate audiences about a problem/solution, from the vendor's perspective. The presentation is typically 45 minutes in duration with a 15-minute moderated Q&A session.
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Architecting the Enterprise Internet of Things

November 10 8:00 AM EST
Presented by: Dell, Intel

Panel Discussion: Multicore in IoT: Platforms, Tools, and Software Requirements for Successful, Secure Deployment

November 17th 11:00 AM EST
Presented by: Ayla Networks, GrammaTech, Mentor Graphics, ThingWorx

Design and Implementation Methodologies for Security and Compliance in IoT Environments

   December 3rd 2:00 PM EST
Presented by: Ayla Networks, Freescale, GrammaTech, Red Hat
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